Powerpoint 2010 for Windows has a new feature that allows you to save your presentation as a self-contained movie complete with audio narration, animations and effects. This movie can then be uploaded to a video hosting service such as Vimeo or YouTube. Once on the host site, the video can be embedded or linked inside your Blackboard course.
- Capture your entire Powerpoint lecture including your voice-over narration and save it online for your students to view before class, after class, or in lieu of a face-to-face lecture.
- Long presentations with extensive narration (in other words BIG files) are not a problem. Once you make a video and upload it to a video hosting service such as Vimeo you don’t need to worry that your Powerpoint file is too big for Blackboard or that it will take forever for your students to download.
How to Do It!
Step 1: Record Audio Narration and Timings
Step 2: Turn Your Presentation into a Video
Step 3: Upload your video to Vimeo
- Vimeo is a web hosting service like YouTube but better. With a free account, you can upload up to 500mb per week of video (usually around 1-2 hours of video). Vimeo also uses better compression so your videos look great. Finally, Vimeo has superior privacy settings - if you want only your students to see your video, you can set a password for access.
- Create a Vimeo account
- Vimeo FAQ page
- Upload a Video (video tutorial)
- Set up a link to your video in Blackboard or on another web page
- Embed your video in a Blackboard window
A working group of faculty using PowerPoint for lecture capture has agreed to offer support to colleagues getting started with the process. You may contact one of the individuals below for assistance:
Katrina Fullman, Instructional Designer in the Library/AII Department is also available by appointment for training.
Monique Pinkney, Senior Instructional Designer, Library/AII